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Paul di Resta

Di Resta: Verstappen knows Hamilton isn't taking any prisoners

The former Formula 1 driver thinks the gloves are off between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen going into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 pundit Paul di Resta believes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen won't take any prisoners following their collision at Silverstone.

The championship protagonists collided at high speed with Red Bull now lodging a right to review over Hamilton's 10-second penalty. Di Resta thinks there is still mutual respect between the pair.

"It's definitely gloves are off now," Di Resta told Sky Sports. "I think Max knows Lewis isn't taking any prisoners and I think the other way.

"I think they both have the mutual respect for each other. Where that still stands, I don't know. I guess off the track, [they are] probably a bit friendlier than on the track.

"Lewis isn't going to back off and Lewis knows Max won't back off now. It was unfortunate circumstances on such a special weekend but at the same this is sport and when two people go up against it, things like this are going to happen."

Hamilton's victory at the Silverstone puts him just eight points behind Verstappen ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. It's a rivalry which F1 has badly needed according to Di Resta.

"Honestly I think Verstappen and Red Bull have got the edge," said Di Resta. "It was a mistake by Lewis at Silverstone, more Lewis' side than Verstappen's but I'm not going to under estimate what Lewis can do because of his extraordinary success in the sport and how he goes about his racing.

"What I can say is, it's going to be action-packed until the end and that's what is absolutely the important thing for Formula 1. It's been missing that for a long time.

"I don't want to be denied that and as a fan of the sport I want to see these two guys having a good arm wrestle at all the Grand Prix will go together and just seeing what they can do."

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